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Sónar Festival Has Plans to Beam Music Into Space

Barcelona's Sónar Festival has big plans for their 25th anniversary! 

Some festivals pride themselves on a great line up. Others have great visuals and light shows. For the Sónar Festival in Barcelona, they have out of this world plans for 2018.  For their 25th anniversary next year, the Spanish festival plans to transmit music into deep space. To be specific, the target location of this transmission will be a planet 12.4 light years away called GJ237b.  

The reason for sending a transmission to this particular planet is it is widely believed that GJ237b has a habitable environment that could produce life.  The festival planned two different transmissions leading up to the festival. The first was last month with another taking place in April.  To help the Sónar Festival in this endeavor, the European Incoherent Scatter Scientific Association (EISCAT) has partnered with the festival to transmit the music with their antennae facilities in Norway.  

There are 33 artists picked to contribute to the transmissions.  Some of the artists that have contributed include Nina Kraviz, Autechre, Kerri Chandler, Laurent Garnier and Alva Noto. If you want your music  to be a part of this project, the festival is also looking for three user submitted pieces to include in the transmission this April.  

While the lineup for the 2018 Sónar Festival hasn't been announced, the festival will be June 14th through the 16th.  For more information on the festival and the transmission project itself, you can find the links to the appropriate sites below.  

Sónar Festival

Institute for Space Studies of Catalonia


Sónar Calling GJ 237b